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Written by Pete Thomas 14th August 2015

Charity begins at home… or in the Thames… or on a bike…

‘Veni. Natavi. Vici’ – ‘I came. I swam. I conquered’ isn’t a phrase that’s often heard in the world of estate agency or in property marketing circles, but it’s become something of an idiom in Michael Graham branches in recent times.

It’s due to the charitable, waterborne efforts by one of our directors, Richard Banks, who took part in the annual Henley-to-Marlow 14km fundraising swim this month.

Now in its 11th year, the Henley Swim last Saturday (8 August) saw more than 500 people take to the Thames’ murky waters creating their own, ‘swimming version’ of the Henley Regatta, starting at Henley Bridge and finishing at Marlow Bridge.

Richard completed his swim in four hours, 23 minutes, and says: ‘Even now, my arms hurt a lot,’ before joking, ‘I swim because I’m too sexy for sports that require clothes!’

The bridge-to-bridge swim is one of a number of courses in the annual event, and each year is dedicated to a chosen charity; for 2015, the cause is Frank Water – an initiative that develops safe drinking water and sanitation in India.

  • Swimming isn’t the only sport that’s been central to our recent charitable activities. Our Managing Director, Simon Hill (pictured above, far right), has raised more than £3,400 for servicemen and women charity Walking With the Wounded. Simon’s continued fundraising follows his 200-mile sponsored bicycle ride from Belgium’s Waterloo Museum to the Wellington Barracks in London, as part of the Ride of the Lions. Discover more about the journey and make a donation to the charity at Simon’s Virgin Money Giving page.